GREEN LAURIER HAS MOVED TO THE FOLLOWING URL – http://douglasworts.ca/?page_id=342

Green Laurier refers to a residents-driven sustainability project on a small street in downtown Toronto, in a neighbourhood called Cabbagetown.  It originated from a desire to explore options for retrofitting heritage buildings in ways that would increase energy efficiency while reducing carbon emissions and wasted heat. The project was active from 2007 to 2010. We received a grant from the City of Toronto’s ‘Live Green’ fund, for which there was a final report, as well as other resources produced. This site was active for a number of years – and now is simply an archival record. The above URL connects to the website of Douglas Worts, where I keep a summary of the project alive, as well as offer links to some of the key documents.

This WordPress website continues to tell a more detailed version of the story, but I don’t do much to keep it up to date.


Welcome to Green Laurier!

Here you will find information about a research project on retrofitting urban heritage homes with renewable energy solutions.  Laurier Ave is a cul-de-sac in downtown Toronto, in a neighbourhood known as Cabbagetown.  There are 22 rowhouses on the street – 11 on each side of the street.  All of the houses were built in 1888.

Laurier Ave., Toronto

Currently, these homes are heated with either natural gas or oil.  Some use high-efficiency systems, others are mid-efficiency.  Residents of the street wondered what it would take to be able to convert these homes to be heated and cooled with renewable energy, while retaining the heritage character of the neighbourhood.

In November of 2008, the City of Toronto, through its Live Green Toronto Program, awarded a grant to conduct a feasibility study to examine the opportunities and challenges of energy-efficient retrofits on Laurier Ave.  The study was designed to examine the potential of geothermal systems, as well as ‘air-to-air’ heat-exchange technology as the core of this project.  However, the study is also designed to examine the potential role for supplementary electricity generation and wind power, as well as the viability of replacing the current asphalt road surfacing with a permeable surface that would help to retain ground water run-off.

Mayor David Miller, with Douglas Worts and Sameer Dhargalkar – 5-Nov-08

During the course of this project, there has been support not only from the residents of Laurier Ave, but from the Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents Association, Mayor Miller, Councillor Pam McConnell and MPP George Smitherman.

A competition was conducted to select a consultant to conduct the study – which was won by a team assembled by ResCo Engineering, and includes David Booz Engineering and Robert Mancinni Engineering.  Results of the study will be completed and made public during Spring, 2010.

In this website, you can find information on a host of topics – all listed in the margins of the site.